A Penarth mother who despaired of ever finding a job for her autistic son has successfully turned to the social medium Facebook to attract job offers for him.
Juliet Hughes’s 27-year-old son Adam has been diagnosed with “high-functioning autism” which makes it difficult for him to deal with high-pressure environments and – in particular – job interviews.
On Facebook, Adam’s mum explained that her son “really wants to work, and hates signing on. He needs paid employment, as he needs a little bit of income. He is very likeable, hardworking and reliable. His hobbies include Am Dram (he has had several lead type roles!) and fighting for equal rights for all.”
Juliet added that “Adam struggles in high pressure environments and crowds. He enjoys routine, so regular same, even mundane tasks would be ideal for him.It has been very hard to watch him being crushed and being rejected time after time. All he needs is a chance, please let me know if you have any contacts that could help.”
When her message went on-line a week ago today word quickly got around and several people posted comments with job details and contact information.
Adam, who lives in Penarth with his mum Juliet and his sister Emily, had been studying drama at Cardiff and Vale College but had to leave before completing the course. He’s now sizing up the job offers that have come in and says that although he still hopes to get a job within the performing-arts industry as an “extra”, he would also jump at the chance of regular part-time or full-time employment.